Publication of n°2 of the "Cahiers du Musée des Beaux-Art de Caen"

29/12/12 - Journal - Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Following the publication of n°1 of the Cahiers du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen we mentioned here, n°2 was of course awaited. It is always easier to start a new journal than to ensure its lasting presence.

The quality of this new issue which includes in-depth articles based on the museum’s rich collections, is as fine as that found in the first. Besides two essays, respectively by Jean-Pierre Le Goff and Patrick Ramade, on new publications at the museum : The Marriage of the Virgin by Paris Bordon, compared to another painting by the same painter residing at the museum (The Annunciation) and the two small tondi by Louis de Boullogne the Elder, there are two particularly interesting studies. The first, by Christophe Marcheteau de Quinçay pursues a series started in the first issue, which highlights works destroyed during WWII. The article studies a large painting by Baron Gérard : Achilles Swearing to Avenge the Death of Patroclus (ill. 1). The other essay is by François Marandet who steadfastly continues his study and rediscovery of French painters from the late 17th and early 18th centuries. This time he has added a canvas at the museum to the oeuvre of Samuel Massé (ill. 2) as well as other zorks sold at auction and presented as anonymous or with other attributions. We should also point out his rediscovery of a painting by this artist residing in the church of Toury, in the Eure-et-Loire region.

1. François Gérard (1770-1837)
Achilles Swearing to Avenge
the Death of Patroclus

Oil on Canvas - 465 or 475 x 725 cm
Destroyed in the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Caen
Photo : MBA de Caen

2. Samuel Massé (1672-1753)
Mars and Vénus Discovered by Vulcan
Oil on canvas - 80.6 x 64.5 cm
Caen, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen
Photo : MBA de Caen

As the journal is also that of the Amis des Musées de Basse-Normandie, we would also like to mention two articles on current projects at the Musée Baron-Gérard in Bayeux and at the Musée Thomas-Henry in Cherbourg.

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Didier Rykner, dimanche 6 janvier 2013

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